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The Adventist Review reports that Neal Wilson was remembered at a service at the world headquarters.

Neal Clayton Wilson, an 11-year president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, was remembered at a January 19, 2011 memorial service as one whose 'magnificent obsession' was 'the blessed hope of Jesus’ return for His children.'

The United Kingdom's Independent has a story out on the changes taking place among the Seventh-day Adventist population on Pitcairn Island.

It will take longer – much longer – for Pitcairn to put its ignominious past behind it. Visitors are still banned from taking children to the island, although it now has a resident police officer, social worker and British diplomat; Ms Treadell believes "child safety remains a key issue". According to one outsider, after Mr Warren – an elder of the Seventh Day Adventist Church – was charged, "there was a degree of confusion ... people were not quite sure what child porn was".

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports:

Richard Weismeyer, executive director of university relations for Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, died Jan. 12 after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.

On the day he died, Weismeyer was named Citizen of the Year by the Loma Linda Chamber of Commerce.

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday notes

SEVENTH-DAY Adventist (SDA) religious leader, Pastor Herman Waldron, who on Thursday appeared in court charged with sexual offences, has been fired. In a swift move by elders of the faith, Waldron’s services were terminated. . . .

In a press release yesterday by Aura Stewart-Henry, of the South Caribbean Conference of the it stated that the organisation had a zero tolerance for such misconduct as they uphold the laws of the country and are guided by the Biblical principles in such manners.

“The leaders of the church have therefore terminated the services of the pastor and have offered counselling services to the affected persons,” stated the release.

The charges against Waldron allege that on unknown and separate dates in July he committed the offences on two boys, ages ten and 11.

The Washington Post profiles one of the two Seventh-day Adventists in Congress.

As usual, Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-Md.) doesn't see things quite the same way as most of his colleagues.

"The three committees I serve on are the three least political committees in the Congress," Bartlett said in an interview in his Capitol Hill office. "So I have a little different perspective than the average member."

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Unlike many fellow Republicans, Bartlett sees an urgent need to respond to climate change by using less oil and more renewable energy.

And unlike most lawmakers on the Armed Services panel, Bartlett has very little military presence in his district, which stretches across the northern part of Maryland from the Susquehanna River to the West Virginia border. So he is relatively unconcerned with keeping bases open and contracting dollars flowing back home.

New Oakwood University President Leslie Pollard shares his vision for the school with the Huntsville Times:

'The only way to describe it is to say it is a deep honor to come back to this institution," Pollard said, "as well as to come back to the Huntsville community, which is one of the most progressive cities in the Deep South.

'I think the future of Oakwood is brighter than it's ever been."

Pollard said he wants Oakwood to be part of progressive Huntsville.

Boosting campus enrollment is a key element of Oakwood's presence.

'Right now, we have around 1,950 students," Pollard said. "My hope is by the time we get to 2015, we can be nudging that number up around 3,000.

The Adventist News Network reports on the denomination's 2011 budget:

Continuing tradition, the two largest components of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's world budget this year will fund appropriations for administrative and mission work outside of North America and fund operation of the world headquarters building.

The denomination's US$159.4 million budget for 2011 continues support of mission work -- about $37.5 million in appropriations to world fields, with an additional $26 million in funding for missionaries and employees to other world regions.

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